Going Down Swinging works across platforms to produce high quality publications and events that support writers and artists telling stories worth sharing.
Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing special, sold-out live events. We believe in fostering a community of writers and artists dedicated to their craft and the ideas behind it. We encourage the creation of new work, and support this by placing great value on editorial feedback and development for those voices still emerging.
Co-Editor — Georgia Coldebella
Georgia Coldebella started at Going Down Swinging in 2018 as an intern and is now Co-Editor. She holds a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne, where she focused on genre fiction and queer retellings of traditional stories. You can find her words at Going Down Swinging, Antithesis, Seizure, and elsewhere on the internet.
Co-Editor — Hollen Singleton
Hollen started at GDS as an intern in 2018.
They’re a writer and RMIT PhD candidate. In 2021, they were the runner-up in the Peter Carey Short Story Prize. In 2020, they received a Highly Commended in the Rachel Funari Fiction Prize.
They’re originally from rural NSW.
General Manager & Community Projects —
Wai-Mun Mah started at Going Down Swinging in 2019 as an editorial intern and is now Marketing Manager & Community Projects Editor. Her responsibilities include managing Going Down Swinging’s social media presence, building out the journal’s community, and revolutionising overall product. In their time with the organisation they have spearheaded a number of community-based marketing initiatives, such as GDS Reads.
They hold a Master of Writing and Publishing from RMIT.
Online Editor — Pip Grylls
Pip Grylls is a queer editor and sometimes-writer from Naarm (Melbourne). They have interned at Digital Writers’ Festival, Australian Book Review and Going Down Swinging and worked/volunteered at Voiceworks, Emerging Writers’ Festival, ArtsHub and on numerous academic or freelance editing jobs. Right now they are putting their dual skills as curator/creative producer and editor to work in genre-bending online programming for GDS.
Online Editor — Sophie Tegan Gardiner
Sophie Tegan Gardiner is a writer and Angelina Jolie devotee originally from Aotearoa. Their work has previously been published in Going Down Swinging, Starling, Voiceworks and the Bowen Street Press Review among others, and online at Meanjin. They started at GDS as an editorial intern in 2021, and are currently working on their debut novel: a horny, queer coming-of-age set on a cruise ship.
Online Editor — Joanna Guelas
Jo is a journalist living and working in Naarm. They started as an editorial intern at Going Down Swinging in 2021, and is currently in her third-year of her BA (Media and Communications/Politics) at the University of Melbourne. Her work has been published in Farrago Magazine, Gems Zine, and Kindling&Sage. They’re incredibly passionate about investigative journalism, Richard Siken’s poetry, and the Melbourne Football Club.
Marketing Manager — Mason Wood
Mason is an emerging writer and communications worker originally from Perth. He started at Going Down Swinging as marketing intern in 2021. His work has been published in Voiceworks. He writes about popular culture, dating and sex.